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4.5 out of 5

"Beautiful property. The linens are sumptuous. Would have liked a restaurant onsite that is open more than for dinner. " More

By a verified traveler on Sat 22 Jan 2022

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Hotel Description

4-star Beaux Arts hotel near Sixth Street

Central Austin getaway

At this Downtown Austin hotel, you'll be steps from Sixth Street and within a 15-minute walk of Lady Bird Lake. Also, Texas State Capitol is within half a mile (1 km) and Austin Convention Center is within 2 miles (3 km).

Business services

This hotel features an indoor pool, a 24-hour gym, and a restaurant. Traveling on business? Take advantage of the 6 conference rooms, business center, and valet parking. Enjoy the spa tub and perks like free WiFi.

Free WiFi, comfy beds

The 190 guestrooms feature comforts like pillowtop beds and premium bedding, while sitting areas and coffee/tea makers offer the conveniences of home. Other amenities include free WiFi, room service, and LCD TVs with digital channels. Housekeeping is available on request.

Deluxe Room, 1 Queen Bed

Bed Count 1 Queen Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max
$209* Per night/room May 30 - May 31

Suite, 1 King Bed (Club Junior)

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 3 Max

Suite, 1 King Bed (One Bedroom)

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 3 Max

Suite, 1 King Bed

Bed Count 1 King Bed Maximum Occupancy 3 Max

Room, 1 Queen Bed (Preferred)

Bed Count 1 Queen Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

Deluxe Room, 1 Queen Bed, Accessible (Mobility Rollin Shower)

Bed Count 1 Queen Bed Maximum Occupancy 2 Max

The Stephen F Austin Royal Sonesta Hotel ratings based on 11 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
4.5 out of 5 4.5 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 4.5 out of 5.0
Service & staff 4.5 out of 5.0
Room comfort 4.5 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 4.5 out of 5.0

Guest reviews for The Stephen F Austin Royal Sonesta Hotel

Everyone (7) Couples (2) Family (3)
5 out of 5

Posted by on Feb 20, 2022

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5 out of 5
Beautiful property. The linens are sumptuous. Would have liked a restaurant onsite that is open more than for dinner.

Posted by on Jan 22, 2022

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Comment from Hotel Management

Jan 22, 2022 by Rodney H

Thank you Veronique for your great 5 out of 5 review. We are glad to hear you enjoyed our linens. We are working on bringing back more food and beverage options. Changes coming soon. Thanks again.

5 out of 5

Posted by on Jun 6, 2021

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Comment from Hotel Management

Jun 16, 2021 by Anthony Durham

Dear Guest, Thank you for the great review of our hotel! Thank you for your feedback. We are glad that you enjoyed your stay and hope to see you again very soon. Your review and insights help us better our guest experience. Sincerely, Anthony Durham Assistant Front Desk Manager Royal Sonesta Stephen F. Austin

5 out of 5
The front desk service was impeccable! Rodney couldn't have been more gracious or helpful. The rooms are small but intimate and the wifi was spot on, constantly engaging without being prompted The gym was AMAZING! I took full advantage of all amenities; pool and jacuzzi included! Loved cocktail hour out on the veranda and the overall ambiance of the property - we will be back and recommend your hotel to anyone heading to Austin!

Posted by on Apr 7, 2021

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Comment from Hotel Management

Apr 9, 2021 by Anthony Durham

Thank you for the great review of our hotel! I will be sure to inform Rodney of his gracious service. We are glad that you enjoyed your stay and hope to see you again very soon. Sincerely, Anthony Durham Assistant Front Desk Manager Royal Sonesta Stephen F. Austin

4 out of 5
Really appreciate how welcoming Vincent was when he checked us in, and answered our questions.

Posted by on Jun 2, 2019

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Comment from Hotel Management

Jun 3, 2019 by Lizzie

Thank you for staying with us at the Intercontinental Stephen F. Austin Hotel, it was a pleasure having you. Thank you for your comments, I will make sure Vincent is aware of the great things you had to say about him. Again, we appreciate you and we hope to see you on your next visit to Austin.

2 out of 5
The hotel itself is quite beautiful but our trip started out and stayed rough. Valet parking is the only parking associated with the hotel, otherwise you're on your own. We parked next door but found we were locked out for most of the weekend and couldn't reach our car. Upon arriving we heard the desk clerk say she didn't have any rooms, even though I had made the reservations several months ahead. We had to wait about an hour for our rooms. The two rooms we had were significantly different in size but the cost was still the same. The desk insisted the rooms were the same when they obviously weren't. This was very unsatisfactory! The hotel needs more cleaning staff as rooms weren't ready/cleaned until nearly 5:00 pm when check-in is 3:00. There is a lovely open veranda on the 2nd floor and we enjoyed sitting outside at night.

Posted by on May 11, 2019

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Comment from Hotel Management

May 13, 2019 by Lizzie

Thank you for staying with us and sharing your feedback about your experience in our hotel. We are pleased to know that you enjoyed your stay. Our second floor terrace is beautiful and I am happy to know that you were able to enjoy it. If there is anything we can do to enhance your experience on your next visit, please let us know.

4 out of 5

Posted by on Feb 18, 2019

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Comment from Hotel Management

Apr 30, 2019 by Lizzie

Thank you for staying with us and sharing your feedback about your experience in our hotel. We are pleased to know that you enjoyed your stay. If there is anything we can do to enhance your experience on your next visit, please let us know.

4 out of 5

Posted by on Feb 18, 2019

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Apr 30, 2019 by Lizzie

Thank you for staying with us and sharing your feedback about your experience in our hotel. We are pleased to know that you enjoyed your stay. If there is anything we can do to enhance your experience on your next visit, please let us know.

5 out of 5
It was beautiful with very friendly staff. Convenient to walk to several locations. The view of the Capitol at night from Stephen F’s terrace is spectacular.

Posted by on Jan 11, 2019

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Jan 11, 2019 by Lizzie

Thank you for staying with us and for sharing your experience of our historic boutique hotel. We are pleased to know that you enjoyed your stay. We look forward to your next stay with us.

5 out of 5
The hotel was within walking distance of everything we wanted to do. Excellent accommodations and staff.

Posted by , from Charleston, SC on Aug 27, 2018

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Aug 27, 2018 by Mike

Thank you for staying with us and for sharing your experience of our historic boutique hotel. We are pleased to know that you enjoyed your stay. We look forward to your next stay with us.

About the The Stephen F Austin Royal Sonesta Hotel

Location 701 Congress Avenue, Austin, TX 78701

Renovations + Closures

The following facilities are closed on Christmas Day:

  • Bar/lounge
  • Dining venue

Property Features

The Stephen F Austin Royal Sonesta Hotel offers its guests an indoor pool, a spa tub, and a 24-hour fitness center. There's a restaurant on site, as well as a snack bar/deli. You can enjoy a drink at the bar/lounge. Public spaces have free WiFi. There's an onsite business center. Event space at this hotel measures 6000 square feet (557 square meters). The business-friendly The Stephen F Austin Royal Sonesta Hotel also features a terrace, room service (during limited hours), and express check-out. For a fee, parking is available. This Beaux Arts Austin hotel is smoke free.

  • 1 building
  • 190 guestrooms or units
  • 15 levels
  • 6000 sq ft of conference space
  • 557 sq m of conference space
  • Built in 1924
  • Deli
  • Charging station for electric cars
  • Business facilities
  • Front desk (24 hours)
  • Express check-out
  • Storage area for luggage
  • Front-desk safe
  • Terrace
  • Television in lobby
  • ATM
  • Bellhop
  • Elevator
  • No smoking on site
  • Bar or lounge
  • Dining venue

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Family property
  • Number of indoor pools - 1
  • Free WiFi
  • Snack bar/deli

Internet

Available in all rooms: Free WiFi

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi

Parking

Valet parking (surcharge)

Transport

  • Train station: Austin Station (2.4 km / 1.5 mi)
  • Metro station: Downtown Station (0.8 km / 0.5 mi)
  • Parking: Valet parking available for a surcharge

Room Amenities

The Stephen F Austin Royal Sonesta Hotel offers 190 accommodations with safes and coffee/tea makers. Accommodations offer separate sitting areas. Pillowtop beds feature down comforters and premium bedding. 50-inch LCD televisions come with premium digital channels. Bathrooms include shower/tub combinations, designer toiletries, complimentary toiletries, and hair dryers. Guests can surf the web using the complimentary wireless Internet access. Business-friendly amenities include desks and phones; free local calls are provided (restrictions may apply). Additionally, rooms include irons/ironing boards and blackout drapes/curtains. Hypo-allergenic bedding and change of towels can be requested. Housekeeping is provided on request.

  • Sitting area
  • Pillowtop beds
  • In-room dining (limited hours)
  • LCD television
  • Digital channels
  • Premium channels
  • Coffee maker
  • Luxury bedding
  • Hypo-allergenic bedding
  • Down blanket
  • Shower and tub combination
  • Housekeeping (on request)
  • Local calls (free)
  • Hair dryer
  • Safe
  • Designer toiletries
  • Telephone
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Desk
  • Blackout drapes
  • Climate control (air conditioning)
  • Ensuite bathroom
  • Connecting rooms available
  • Wardrobe or closet
  • Change of towels (on request)

Food & Drink

The Roaring Fork - This restaurant specializes in regional cuisine and serves lunch, dinner, and light fare. Guests can enjoy drinks at the bar. Happy hour is offered.

Room service (during limited hours) is available.

Nearby Activities

An indoor pool and a spa tub are on site. Other recreational amenities include a 24-hour fitness center.

Accessibility

If you have requests for specific accessibility needs, please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.

  • Wheelchair accessible path of travel
  • Accessible bathroom
  • Roll-in shower
  • Wheelchair accessible parking
  • In-room accessibility
  • Assistive listening devices available
  • Braille or raised signage
  • Stair-free path to entrance
  • Wheelchair accessible (may have limitations)

Hotel Policies

Check-in

  • Check-in time ends at midnight
  • Check-in time starts at 3:00 PM
  • Minimum check-in age is: 21

Special check-in instructions:

Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival.

Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival.

Check-out

  • Check-out by noon

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Kids stay free! Up to 2 children 18 years old and younger stay free when using existing bedding.

Pet Policy

  • Pets: USD 100 per pet, per stay
  • Maximum 2 per room (weight limit: 30 lbs)
  • Pets cannot be left unattended
  • Certain rooms only, restrictions apply
  • You can request a pet-friendly room by reaching out to the property at the number on the booking confirmation
  • Service animals are exempt from fees

Policies

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy

Government-issued photo identification and a credit card may be required at check-in for incidental charges

Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed

This property accepts credit cards and debit cards; cash is not accepted

Safety features at this property include a smoke detector

Please note that cultural norms and guest policies may differ by country and by property; the policies listed are provided by the property

Charges for extra guests may apply and vary according to property policy.

A credit card for incidental charges and government-issued photo identification may be required upon check-in.

Special requests are subject to availability at the time of check-in. Special requests can't be guaranteed and may incur additional charges.

This property is managed by a professional host. The provision of housing is linked to their trade, business, or profession. This property accepts Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover, Diners Club, JCB International, and debit cards. Cash is not accepted. For guests' safety, the property includes a smoke detector in each accommodation. This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place. The property is professionally cleaned; disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F; guestroom doors are sealed after cleaning; the property is cleaned and disinfected with electrostatic spray. Social distancing measures are in place; staff at the property wear personal protective equipment; a shield is in place between staff and guests in main contact areas; periodic temperature checks are conducted on staff; guests are provided with hand sanitizer; masks are required in public areas; reservations are required for some onsite facilities. Enhanced food service safety measures are in place. Individually-wrapped food options are available for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Each guestroom is kept vacant for a minimum of 24 hours between bookings. This property affirms that it adheres to the cleaning and disinfection practices of SafeStay (AHLA - USA) and COVID-19 Guidelines (CDC).

  • Property follows sanitization practices of COVID-19 Guidelines (CDC)
  • Staff temperature checks are conducted regularly
  • Temperature checks are not available to guests
  • Bed sheets and towels are washed at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F
  • Pets cannot be left unattended
  • Commonly-touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant
  • Property confirms they are implementing guest safety measures
  • Pets allowed in specific rooms only
  • Property follows sanitization practices of SafeStay (AHLA - USA)
  • Staffed front desk
  • LGBTQ friendly
  • Service animals are allowed
  • Service animals are exempt from fees/restrictions
  • Guest accommodation is sealed after cleaning
  • Electrostatic spray is used for disinfection
  • Cashless transactions are not available
  • Masks are compulsory at the property
  • Contactless food service / room service is not available
  • Reservation might be required for some facilities onsite
  • Property uses a professional cleaning service
  • Property is cleaned with disinfectant
  • Staff wears personal protective equipment
  • Masks are available to guests
  • Mobile key entry is not available
  • Gloves are available to guests
  • Food service has been amended for enhanced safety
  • Shield between guests and staff in main contact areas
  • Guests are provided with free hand sanitizer
  • Social distancing measures are in place
  • Property confirms they are implementing enhanced cleaning measures
  • Individually-wrapped food options are available
  • Individually-wrapped food options are available for breakfast
  • Individually-wrapped food options are available for lunch
  • Parking height restrictions apply
  • Individually-wrapped food options are available for dinner
  • Number of children who can stay free - 2
  • Debit cards
  • Gap period enforced between guest stays - 24 hours

Fees

Guests will be asked to pay the following charges at the property:

  • Deposit: USD 80.00 per accommodation, per night

We've listed all charges provided to us by the property.

Optional extras

The fees and deposits listed below will be charged at the time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Covered valet parking fee: USD 52.00 per night (in/out privileges)
  • Pet fee: USD 100 per pet, per stay
  • Service animals are exempt from fees
  • Late check-in fee for check-in between 2:00 PM and 4:00 PM (amount varies)
  • Late check-out is available for a fee (subject to availability, amount varies)

This may not be a comprehensive list. Fees and deposits are subject to change and might not include tax.

Hotel Names

  • Austin InterContinental
  • InterContinental Austin
  • InterContinental F.
  • InterContinental Stephen Austin
  • InterContinental Stephen F.
  • InterContinental Stephen F. Austin
  • InterContinental Stephen F. Hotel
  • InterContinental Stephen F. Hotel Austin
  • Stephen Austin InterContinental
  • Stephen F. Austin InterContinental
  • Intercontinental Stephen f. Austin Hotel Austin
  • InterContinental Stephen F. Austin Hotel
  • Royal Sonesta Austin
  • InterContinental Stephen F. Austin
  • The Stephen F Austin Royal Sonesta Hotel Hotel
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You should know

  • Pool access available from 6:00 AM to 11:00 PM.
  • Up to 2 children 18 years old and younger stay free in the same room as the parent or guardian when using existing bedding.
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property at the number on your booking confirmation.
  • Pets are welcome in certain rooms only; other restrictions apply (please see the Fees section for related charges). To make arrangements for your pet, contact the property directly at the number on your booking confirmation.
  • This property welcomes guests of all sexual orientations and gender identities (LGBTQ friendly).
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Frequently Asked Questions

*Price based on the lowest price found within past 24 hours and based upon one night stay for two adults over the next thirty days. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.